Already in the antiquity assumed Hippokrates of connections between
the psychological condition "melancholy" and the emergence
of cancer. Until today it gives advocate of the theory of the
"cancer character" it takes on no consideration, sacrifices
themselves for the needs of others up, swallows annoyance simply
down and displaces unpleasant feelings such as rage and annoyance?
the typical cancer patient. Is there really it?
Some speaks for it complex interaction of psyche, nerve and immune
system is the subject of a still recent science, the Psychoneuroimmunologie.
Their research results seem to support the thesis of the cancer
personality indirectly: There are references that our immune system
reacts to mental influences. The immune system plays a key role
after the thesis of the immune monitoring during the tumor emergence:
With each humans? so the acceptance? develop again and again isolated
cancer cells. They are recognized of an intact immune system as
strange and made innocuous. It would be theoretically conceivable
the fact that an immune system that by certain mental conditions
is chronically weakened, repels cancer more badly. The mental
condition of humans could affect in addition the self healing
forces of humans. A group of researchers pursued for example the
fate of breast cancer patients with and without depression over
five years. The number of deaths with female patients with a depressive
illness was increased 3.6 subject by.
speaks against it
Critics consider the theory of the "cancer personality"
problematic, because she puts as it were a partial responsibility
at its illness to the gotten sick one on. It mostly functions
also only in the reversal conclusion. So a Wuerzburger group of
researchers could show that the "typical" features were
nearly always found with patients, who already knew their diagnosis.
The alleged cancer personality could be thus also the natural
reaction to the knowledge around the serious illness. It is quite
conceivable that there is a connection between mental condition
and illness. But which life events affect themselves in individual
cases negatively, is probably individually very different: Which
means for humans "stress", must be loading for another
not exactly the same. There are individual differences in the
processing of loading situations? those cannot be considered.
Result: At the current time there is no secured knowledge over
it whether and how under the influence of psychologically loading
situations the risk of a cancer illness increases. With the emergence
of cancer different, so far only partly well-known factors cooperate.
How possible psychological influences are to weights, nobody can
say exactly. Independently of it, whether and how the psyche may
be taken part in the disease emergence it is a good psychological
support for many concerning of large importance.
Readtap: of O. Carl Simonton, Stephanie Matthews Simonton, becomes
"again healthy" James Creighton. The physician O.C.
Simonton concerned himself intensively with the question whether
connections between the mental condition of a patient and the
process of its illness exist. In its book for cancer patients
and its members Simonton describes its experiences and gives guidances
for the activation of the self healing forces.